- Governor Fayemi has not received the backing of APC chapter in Ekiti state, a stakeholders forum has said
- Recall that the Ekiti state governor is believed to be nursing the ambition of becoming the president of Nigeria
- According to the forum, the purported endorsement is a personal opinion of a certain member
In what can be termed as disharmony in the ruling party ahead of 2023 presidential election, the Ekiti State Stakeholders Forum (ESSF) says Governor Kayode Fayemi has not received the backing of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the forum, the purported endorsement was a personal view of one Ade Ajayi, The Nation reports.
Ajayi, had in a statement on behalf of Paul Omotoso said the party in the state has endorsed Fayemi.
The forum in a statement on Monday, December 21, insisted that Ajayi's statement did not represent the position of Omotoso nor that of Ekiti APC.
According to the forum, the party in Ekiti has not taken an official position on who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
The statement read in part:
“We want to state unequivocally that Hon. Ade Ajayi who represented Mr. Omotoso barely expressed a personal view at a social event, where the convener was absent or at best, the views of a small clique in the party."
In another news, a former governor of Zamfara state, Sani Ahmad Yerima, has challenged the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, and other leaders of the APC who claimed that the party agreed in 2014 that the south would produce the president in 2023.
Yerima, a serving senator, who had since declared his interest in the 2023 presidency, said there was no agreement either written or otherwise among founding members of the ruling party for zoning of the presidential ticket.
Meanwhile, an emerging report indicates President Buhari does not plan to remain in power longer than stipulated by the Nigerian constitution.
The president has disclosed that he will hand over power to the next administration on May 29, 2023.
He made the disclosure on Friday, December 18, when he addressed the rescued Kankara schoolboys in Katsina state.
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